Pullers. Painters. Planters. Pickers. — Hats off to FMR volunteers!

Volunteer planting native shrubs in the oak savanna woodland along the Mighty Mississippi in south Minneapolis.

Providing habitat. Protecting pollinators. Educating neighbors to be river-friendly. Folding letters. In the field, on the street, in the office — FMR volunteers do it all.

To all of you who have made the time to actively care for the Mighty Mississippi: THANK YOU! 

At our 79 volunteer events and outings so far this year:
• 752 people helped clean up our watershed (Who knows how many bags of trash volunteers picked up altogether!)
• 397 volunteers removed roughly 20 pickup truck beds full of invasive species 
• 996 people stenciled 1,333 storm drains on St. Paul streets and distributed 3,352 related educational flyers 

A few dozen volunteers also planted native shrubs and trees at the rare oak savanna in Minneapolis, hand-sorted native prairie seed for future habitat restoration and pitched in with everything from letter-folding to arts and crafts at FMR's downtown St. Paul headquarters! 

An additional 133 people joined the movement to make their yards more river-friendly, participating in FMR workshops, including 83 who made and took home their own rain barrels. 

Would you like to join us?

For upcoming volunteer as well as educational opportunities: 
• See the FMR.org calendar
• Sign up for Mississippi Messages to receive biweekly updates of current FMR offerings 
• Or contact Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator sue rich at srich@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x14 to learn more about FMR volunteer programs 

... And now for a few cute photos from our Flickr site

A few younger River Gorge Stewards remove garlic mustard and burdock (with big-enough leaves that double as fans.

Volunteers tend the prairie at Indian Mounds Park.

Let's spray paint storm drains for the Mighty Mississippi!

Family volunteering at Crosby Farm Regional Park's raingarden.

This entire group pledged to remove the invasive species garlic mustard for a total of 160 hours! Part of the FMR Pledge-to-Pull program.